We’re delighted to reveal another next keynote speaker for next month’s CIS Global Forum on International Admission & Guidance.
Natasha Devon MBE is a writer, speaker, radio presenter, and activist. She tours schools and colleges delivering talks and conducting research on mental health, body image, gender, and equality.
Natasha’s CIS Forum keynote will be Mental Health—What Next?
It was reported in 2017 that approximately 13% of people worldwide suffer from some kind of mental health disorder, that’s 971,000,000. Since then, global politics, tech and COVID have caused a dramatic increase in mental health concerns, especially amongst the young. Addiction, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and self-harm are all on the rise in under 21s. These can be debilitating conditions affecting academic performance, transition to further education, and employability. In her session, Natasha will share some of her research findings on mental health in schools and universities worldwide and will propose some potential solutions for the admission and guidance community.
More about Natasha: She is a trustee for the charity Student Minds and a patron for No Panic, which helps people experiencing anxiety. She is also a member of the Men & Boys Coalition, specifically advising on reducing male suicide rates, as well as a certified instructor for Mental Health First Aid England and eating disorder charity Beat. As a fellow of University of Wales: Aberystwyth and Coventry University: London, Natasha advises on campus well-being. She has two books: ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Being Mental: An A-Z’ and ‘Yes You Can: Ace Your Exams Without Losing Your Mind’ and a podcast ‘Staying Sane’.